MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (SCORPIONS, UFO), is currently in the studio recording a new album, titled "Spirit On A Mission". A late 2014 or early 2015 release is expected.
MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's last CD, "Bridge The Gap", featured Michael Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell. The effort marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP "Lovedrive".
Asked if he is more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group, Schenker told Guitar World magazine: "Definitely as a solo artist.
"It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine.
"I hate being a box, and I'm glad I didn't get stuck in one for my entire career.
"I love the fact that I don't know what's going to happen next for me. And that's the difference between me and my brother [SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker]: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We're opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music."
Regarding how he came to join the SCORPIONS, Michael said: "My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called THE COPERNICUS. Our rehearsal space was right next to the SCORPIONS, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us — their singer was late for rehearsal — and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did."